What step am I on in the book writing/editing/publishing process? Well, very close to the beginning as it turns out.
For those that are interested, my plan is listed below. (Red checkmarks indicate those items that are complete). For those that are not, skip to the end of this page or look at the pretty picture above.
- Finish book √
- Friends, who read fantasy, read book √
- Revise book per comments of friends who read fantasy √
- Find people who don’t know me – who hopefully read YA fantasy – to read book (aka Beta Reader and others)
- Revise book per comments of Beta Reader and others
- Read book aloud to hapless husband without either filing for divorce
- Revise book as per comments of hapless husband (maybe) and any errors that become obvious during reading aloud exercise
- Hire proofreader
- Create painful query letter and/or synopsis of book (For clarification: the query letters are not to be painful, just creation of query letters happen to be painful)
- Identify agents accepting YA fantasy novels
- Email painful query letter and/or synopsis to prospective agents as per their specific submission requirements
- Wait for rejections, and hopefully at least one request for further pages
- Wait some more
- Receive responses from agents
Please note the minimal amount of red checkmarks above. This is a long and arduous process – maybe even more so for my husband during the ‘reading aloud’ part.
I currently have one foot on step 4 and the other on step 5. My beta reader is reading Chapters 16 to 18 of a total of 39. I also have others that are critiquing individual chapters for readability, sentence structure, show versus tell, and scene transitions among other issues. (For more on ‘Show, Not Tell’ click here.)
As of now, I have Chapter 1 and 2 ready for the next step: step 6 – reading aloud to hapless husband. Yes, this is a long and arduous process. Have I mentioned that?
Keeping with the staircase analogy, this is where my plan encounters a landing with two staircases going off in two different directions. Right now, one set of stairs is blocked off to me and can only be opened by an agent.
- If I do obtain an agent, I pretty much follow their plan, but will educate myself so that I do not go down a rabbit hole without a carrot (I don’t know what that means either).
- If I do not obtain an agent, I will go the indie (self-publishing) route. I have done plenty of research on indie publishing and have contacts who have taken this route. I find ‘goin’ indie’ perfectly acceptable. It might even suit my control freak personality better.
Either way, I will blog about it.